What a roller coaster I’ve been on the past few days. After ordering two 17 lbs bags of Kanuma soil (Pumice), I received notice from the store that they don’t actually have Kanuma and don’t expect to get any. What? Then how was I able to add the product to my cart and go through the entire checkout process? Grrrr…so frustrating! The store was very apologetic and is going to refund my money, but still, I’m aggravated.
So what now? I’ve contacted the local Bonsai society to see if they can get Kanuma or know where I can buy it. They said they just use the turface, chicken grit, and pine bark mix I was using before but directed me to two other Bonsai Clubs that *might* be able to get it and one other local grower who sells soils and has some exotic types. I’ve sent emails to them all, but as of now, I don’t know if any have or can get Pumice.
So what is it about Pumice that makes it so hard to get here in Canada? If it really is as great as everyone says it is, why aren’t growers bringing in trucks filled with the stuff. Maybe the Lithops fancy isn’t as strong here but we certainly have enough Bonsai enthusiasts to make me think we could get some specialized soil mixes. Oh, and FYI, many of the American suppliers are no longer shipping to Canada either – regardless of how much you are willing to spend.